Need for Speed: Carbon

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Need for Speed: Carbon

NTSC-U cover
Game general and emulation properties:
CERO rating: B
ESRB rating: E10+ (Violence)
PEGI rating: 12+
OFLC rating: G
GRB rating: 12
Game supports steering wheel
Widescreen supported natively
CPU intensive game
Supports up to two local players
Languages supported:
English: SLES-54322 & SLES-54321 & SLUS-21493 & SLES-54492 & SLUS-21494 & SLUS-21493GH & SLUS-29193
Japanese: SLPM-66617 & SLPM-66869 & SLPM-55061
German: SLES-54493
French: SLES-54493 & SLES-54402
Spanish: SLES-54323
Dutch: SLES-54322
Italian: SLES-54323
Swedish: SLES-54322
Czech: SLES-54322
Hungarian: SLES-54322
Polish: SLES-54322
Danish: SLES-54322
Finnish: SLES-54322
Russian: SLES-54324
Region NTSC-U:
Serial numbers: SLUS-21493
SLUS-21494 (Collector's Edition)
SLUS-21493GH (Greatest Hits)
SLUS-29193 (Demo)
Release date: October 31, 2006
February 5, 2013 (Greatest Hits)
CRCs: 7841A89E
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?
Region PAL:
Serial numbers: SLES-54321
SLES-54402 (Collector's Edition)
SLES-54492 (Collector's Edition)
SLES-54493 (Collector's Edition)
SLED-54312 (Demo)
SLES-54493/P (Platinum: The Best of PlayStation 2)
SLES-54321/P (Platinum: The Best of PlayStation 2)
Release date: November 3, 2006
November 16, 2006 (Australia)
2007 (Platinum)
26DFEE66 (SLES-54324)
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?
Region NTSC-J/C/K:
Serial numbers: SLPM-66617
SLPM-55061 (EA:SY! 1980)
SLPM-66869 (EA Best Hits)
Release date: December 7, 2006 (Collector's Edition, Korea)
December 21, 2006
October 25, 2007 (EA Best Hits)
August 21, 2008 (EA:SY! 1980)
Windows Status: ?
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?

Developer(s): EA Canada
Publisher(s): EA Games
Genre: Racing
Wikipedia: Link
Game review links: IGN8.2/10, Metacritic74/100, GameSpot7.4/10
Game description: What starts in the city is settled in the canyons as Need for Speed: Carbon immerses you into the world's most dangerous and adrenaline-filled form of street racing. You and your crew must race in an all-out war for the city, risking everything to take over your rivals' neighborhoods one block at a time. As the police turn up the heat, the battle ultimately shifts to Carbon Canyon, where territories and reputations can be lost on every perilous curve. Need for Speed: Carbon delivers the next generation of customization giving you the power to design and tweak your crew's cars in every way using the ground-breaking new Autosculpt technology. Represent your car class, your crew, and your turf in Need for Speed Carbon, the next revolution in racing games.

Test configurations on Windows:

Environment Configurations Comments Tester
Region OS CPU/GPU Revision Graphics Sound/Pad
NTSC-U Windows
  • Intel Core i7 @ 3.4GHz
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 285 768MB
1.1.0 r5492 GSdx 5464 SSE41
  • SPU2-X 2.0.0
  • LilyPad 0.11.0
Hangs on intro loading screen with a couple TLB miss errors.
PAL Windows
  • Intel Core i5-430M @ 2.27GHz
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M
1.2.1 r5873 GSDX
  • SPU2-X
  • ?
Colour distortions with trees as well as occassional fog, colours of cars can sometimes be washed out. Lighting glitches (very minor) tends to occurr with the headlights of oncoming traffic, the headlights will sometimes shine through the road if over hill or sometimes through walls. Occassional graphical glitches in roads but very infequent and minor usually to do with skid marks that are part of the road, not the ones that players or AI produces.
NTSC-U Windows 7 64-Bit
  • Intel Core i7 @ 3.4GHz
  • Sapphire R9 290X 4GB
1.2.1 r5873 GSdx 10 (Software)0.1.16 r5875
  • SPU2-X r5875
  • LilyPad 0.11.0 r5875
After the opening cutscenes, game hangs and appears to lock up. Error is
  • (EE pc:004FCF40) TLB Miss, addr=0x28 [load]
  • (EE pc:004FCF40) TLB Miss, addr=0x2c [load]

Bios v 2.0 was used.

NTSC-U/PAL Windows
  • Intel Core i5-3330
  • AMD Radeon HD 6850
1.3 Git 28 of May GSdx
  • SPU2-X
  • ?
USA v02.20(10/02/2006), EE/VU Clamp: Extra+Preserve signal, EE/VU Rounding: More Nearbie,Completed, Standard Speedhackers +EE Cycle stealin-2 and VU Stealing -2+MTVU=60FPS, None, Hardware mode its slower,software mode have acepptable speed with standard speedhackers,but to run on 60 fps need MTVU hack and EE and Vu hack
NTSC-U Windows 10 64-bit
  • AMD Ryzen 3 3200G with Radeon Vega Graphics
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 LP 4GB
1.7.0-20210206154110 (64-bit version alpha) GSdx64-AXV2
  • SPU2-X
  • ?
Very CPU intensive game. EE/VU settings are default, Hardware mode runs very well and able to run full 59.94 FPS on DirectX 11 Hardware mode (Using OpenGL mode only get 80% of FPS), expect some hiccups especially during pursuit session when police cars are swarming by. FPS dips also happens when choosing or driving a car with vinyl wrap in career mode, while FPS maintains full speed when driving a car with vinyl wrap in challenge mode. Software mode are untested yet. MTVU hack settings must be turned on, no need to adjust EE Cycle Rate & EE Cycle skipping. Strong 4 core CPU is required for running this game (Minimum 6 core CPU) amirzaim
PAL-R Windows 8.1, x64
  • Intel(R) Pentium(R) CPU G2030 @ 3.00GHz
  • PALIT GeForce GT 1030 @ 2 GB
  • SPU2-X
  • LilyPad
Europe v02.00(14/06/2004), Since I have a slightly weak processor, I decided to use speedhacks to improve the stability of this game. The game runs at 1440p (2K), 60 FPS, without brakes, bugs and freezes (Same as Need for Speed ​​Most Wanted). Chern40+7
NTSC-U Windows 10 64-Bit
  • 11th Gen Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-11600 @ 2.80GHz
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti
v1.7.2183 GSdx 1.2.0-AVX2
  • SPU2-X 2.0.0
  • LilyPad 0.12.1
No noticeable bugs. Plays fine, framerate is solid. Hemporus01


  • Original names: ニード・フォー・スピード カーボン (SLPM-66617) & (SLPM-55061)
  • Also known as 니드 포 스피드: 카본 (KO)

Fixed Issues

Game hangs after opening cutscenes

  • Status: Fixed
  • Type: Major
  • Description: After the opening cutscenes, game hangs and appears to lock up.
  • Workaround: Go to Config > Emulation Settings > EE/IOP tab, and set Clamping Mode to "Full".

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